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Bonhams was pleased to host their annual Spring Reception at the Cosmos Club on Sunday, April 13th. The exhibition included highlights from upcoming auctions in New York, including newly discovered works by Bougeureau, Semenowsky, De Chirico, Emil Nolde, Diego Rivera, Fernando Botero, Keith Haring, among others, as well as a magnificent painting by Frieseke and a long-lost 1771 New York Portrait by John Singleton Copley.
Included in this stunning mix of bronzes, sculpture, and paintings, were highlights from the prominent DC collectors Bernard and Sherley Koteen, who helped found the James Renwick Alliance at the Smithsonian.
Many important DC collectors were in attendance, including Wilhelmina Holladay, Nina & Philip Pillsbury, Carolyn Alper, Thomas Mansbach, and Sachiko Kuno, straight from the Easter Egg hunt at Evermay.
The John Singleton Copley, a major new discovery of one of his New York portraits, which was found in a box of estate contents at a Philadelphia auction house, before being conserved and researched to determine its illustrious origin. The Copley and Frieseke with be sold in New York on May 21st, and the Botero on May 13th.
Bonhams' Georgetown office is always available to appraise similar treasures. Please call Martin Gammon, at 202.333.1696.
Check out Georgetown Business Improvement District's list of businesses celebrating Cherry Blossom Season with specials on everything from drinks to hotel stays, concerts, art shows and, for the aquatically inclined, a three-hour Cherry Blossom Paddle.
Join Susan Calloway Friday, March 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for the opening reception of Rodgers Naylor's new exhibit.
In his recent work, Naylor explores the capacity of painting to express or imply a human story, while keeping his strong focus on the abstract arrangement of light and dark shapes in a composition. Most of these paintings contain human figures, always within the context of their environment and often with several figures, perhaps enjoying lunch together at a French café, or browsing at an outdoor market, or pondering great artwork at a museum.
The viewer is invited to consider the interactions among the characters in the paintings and between the characters and their surroundings. In this way the viewer completes the story that is begun by the painting. Many of the paintings are inspired by Naylor's recent travels in France, though the work is less about evoking a specific place than about observing and living life. His decisive and expressive style reflects his long training as a plein-air and alla-prima painter, though he has recently worked successfully on large numbers of paintings together over a period of many weeks.
Rodgers Naylor was born in Washington, DC in 1954 and spent his childhood on a farm near the Patuxent River in Maryland. He pursued painting and drawing at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, The Atelier in Minneapolis, and the Art Students' League of Denver after attending the University of Chicago and Carleton College for academics. Rodgers currently lives and works in the mountains of Colorado.
The show runs through April 26, 2014
Susan Calloway Fine Arts Gallery is located at 1643 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.965.4601